Cave Story

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This page is for the original game. For the enhanced remake, see Cave Story+.

Cave Story
Cave Story cover
Developers
Pixel
Release dates
Windows December 20, 2004
Reception
IGDB 83
Taxonomy
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Metroidvania, Platform
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Sci-fi
Series Cave Story
Cave Story on HowLongToBeat
Cave Story on IGDB
Cave Story guide on StrategyWiki
Cave Story on MobyGames
Cave Story on Wikipedia

Cave Story
Cave Story 2004
Cave Story+ 2011

Key points

Multiple language translations available.

General information

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari) - A Tribute Site
Unofficial Cave Story Wikia

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
DRM-free
Freeware.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Cave Story Engine 2[edit]

An open-source decompilation project for Cave Story. It is the successor to Cave Story Mod Loader.[1]
For an alternative engine rewrite, use NXEngine-Evo. It is not recommended to use both engines at once.
It is recommended to get the enhanced release, also known as CSE2 Enhanced. The below points will refer to this version.
Active development.
Bug fixes and engine code optimizations.
Various options, such as a toggle between 50 FPS/60 FPS and Vsync support.
Modder friendly.
Support various image (such as .bmp) and audio file formats (such as FLAC, Ogg and PxTone).
Like its predecessor, it adds support for various soundtracks such as Ridiculon and Cave Story Arranged.[2]
Improved widescreen and fullscreen support.
Compatible with the latest version of Booster's Lab.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config.dat[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profile.dat[Note 1]

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Cave Story Engine 2. However, some scenes are still pillarboxed 4:3.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use Cave Story Engine 2.
4K Ultra HD
Use Cave Story Engine 2.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use Cave Story Engine 2.
60 FPS
Capped at 50 FPS. Use Cave Story Engine 2 to run at 60 FPS; however, the game will run 16.7% faster, matching Cave Story+.
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Use the unofficial translation.
Spanish
Use the unofficial translation.
Simplified Chinese
Use the unofficial translation.
Traditional Chinese
Use the unofficial translation.
Dutch
Use the unofficial translation.
French
Use the unofficial translation.
German
Use the unofficial translation.
Italian
Use the unofficial translation.
Japanese
Use the original Japanese version.
Korean
Use the unofficial translation.
Lithuanian
Use the unofficial translation.
Polish
Use the unofficial translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Use the unofficial translation.
Portuguese
Use the unofficial translation.
Russian
Fan translation by «Шедевр Translations».

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Modifications[edit]

NXEngine-evo[edit]

A complete open-source clone/rewrite of Cave Story. NXEngine-evo is the upgraded/refactored version of original NXEngine.
Large amount of bugfixes.
Proper widescreen support up to Full HD.
Animated character portraits.
Modern main menu.
Custom soundtrack support, including the "New" and "Remastered" soundtrack of Cave Story+. See here for details.
Incompatible with other mods of the game.[3]
Random crashes may occur at certain parts of the game.[4]

Booster's Lab[edit]

An open-source Cave Story level editor. A successor of the Cave Editor.
Feature rich compared to the Cave Editor.
Can be used to create mods for both Cave Story and Cave Story+
Version 5.0.0.0 does not support CSE2.[5] Either compile from the latest source or download the nightly version.

Jenka's Nightmare[edit]

One of the oldest, most well-known mods. It has been in development for over 7 years
It is one of the best mods for Cave Story and is considered to be its unofficial sequel.
A CSE2 compatible version can be found here.
Full length, comparable to the original game.
Allows the importing of the save file of the original game's true ending.
Has an extreme difficulty curve. It is recommended to finish the original game first before playing this.

Rave Story[edit]

One of the more popular mods of Cave Story.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References